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Animate Artists courses bring together experienced young musicians in exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms, taking place on a project-by-project basis at weekends and during school holidays. These courses normally last for a minimum of 4 days.

For the first time, and in response to the current challenging circumstances, Animate Artists moves online with an exciting new project for June 2020: 

Connect up with other young musicians online over 4 weekly intensive sessions – taking place on 7, 14, 21 & 28 June – to create new music together which you will perform and record at the end of the project. Under the guidance of an expert Trinity Laban tutor team, led by Sarah Freestone, you will put forward your creative ideas, collaborate and experiment to create music made from inside your homes and broadcast to the world. The final piece will be edited into a film and shared on Trinity Laban’s website and social media platforms.

Who is this project for?

  • Anyone who plays any instrument, including music technology
  • Priority will be given to more experienced young musicians, who are grade 3 standard upwards (or equivalent)
  • Priority will be given to young musicians aged 13+
  • Young people from Lewisham, Lambeth, Greenwich and Southwark – especially those who have taken part in past Animate projects - are encouraged to apply!

To find out more and to apply to take part in Animate Artists Online, please read and complete our online booking form by Monday 25 May at the latest. We will let everyone know if their application has been successful by Friday 29 May at the latest.

Fees to participate in Animate Artists Online are as follows:

• £32 (standard fee)
• £16 (50% sibling discount)
• £10 (if you are a recipient of free school meals/on Pupil Premium)

If the cost involved is a barrier to taking part, please do contact us directly and we can discuss this further.


What will you do on a typical Animate Artists project?

  • Work closely with a team of typically 20 – 25 other Animate Artist musicians and other young artists to create a brand new piece of performance art
  • Be supported by an artistic team of professional musicians and other collaborators
  • Take part in a series of creative sessions to shape your ideas and get more comfortable playing together with the other musicians and young artists
  • Be part of a high-profile and public performance at the end of the process

Past Highlights

  • In 2019, Animate Artists joined forces with dancers from Trinity Laban’s Youth Dance Company to create a spectacular joint performance of new music and dance. The performance was the featured headline act at the Live at Trinity Laban show on Tuesday 26 March and was rapturously well received by a sell-out audience.
  • In 2018, Animate Artists collaborated with young theatre-makers from Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT) on a 6 week project. They devised a new piece from scratch – called Story #1 – which was performed at Tate Exchange, inspired by a John Akomfrah video installation in the gallery, exploring issues of identity.